Earlier this month I got an awesome opportunity to go to New York for the 2017 Maker Faire. For those of you who don’t know, maker fairs are heaven for those who like to tinker, take things apart, re-arrange, and sometimes even create something new. It’s sorts of DIY engineering. Just to give you an idea for how big this event is, 95,000 people came to the event over Saturday and Sunday (Oct 1-2).
Houston has changed a ton over the last few years and it is definitely for the better. Outsiders know Houston as a flat, corporate oil & gas city, and there is NASA somewhere too. The flat part may be true, but we have so much more to offer than just a great job market! I love all the new creative spaces popping up around the city and Silver Street is one of them.
…or shall I say mortgage-aversary? Either way we’ve been in our house for three years now! Four more years and we either have to refinance or move (we have 7 ARM mortgage). For some it may seem like far away, but I like to plan ahead (you can’t spell mortgage without “gag”).
It’s almost time for October favorites and I am just now getting to the September (insert cry laughing smiley here). I am going to keep it brief.
Favorite Home Item
I cannot believe I have not boasted about this item. Look, I have two cats. They’re not particularly fluffy, but they’re 14 and they shed. A lot! Also… I’m a girl with long curly hair. I also shed. When I had our Oreck vacuum, I loved it. What’s not to love: light weight, easy clean up, inexpensive. But then one Christmas my mom gave us the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away and I never looked back. It changed my life! Stop it! I can hear you laughing. But if you’re as obsessed with cleaning as I am, you get it. I did not know what I was missing until this vacuum. Not even arguably, but definitely the best present my mom has ever gotten. Shark, can I get an endorsement deal, or something? I am still in awe after every vacuum session how much dust our house manages to collect in one week. If you have carpet, even if you don’t have pets, it’s a must have. As part of some promotional deal, she also got a free steam mop. It looks like they changed the design from the one we have, but I also love it and it beats wasting money on the disposable mop pads from Swiffer (which I own and still sometimes use when I am too lazy to plug the steam mop into the outlet).
I like to change-up soaps. I like trying different things. But I’ve tried a few foaming soaps and I’ve always been disappointed; they run out too fast and don’t clean very well. But one day someone brought to work the foaming Bath & Body Works soap and I was sold. They smell amazing! I love their Mango Mandarin soap, but I am excited to try some of their new fall smells as well!
So I did quite a bit of shopping last month. Not sure what came over me. But the big-ticket item was a new DSLR. My last camera was purchased only 2 years ago, and perhaps it was too early for an upgrade, but I was tired from reading about cropped sensor vs. full frame (photography talk here) and wanted to get my hands on the equipment and try it for myself. Yes, I splurged on my first ever full frame camera, Nikon D750. And I am so happy I did. I’ve had so much fun trying my existing lenses on the new camera vs. the old. You can read all you want, watch thousands of hours of YouTube videos, but there is no experience like getting your hands on and tinkering yourself. This camera is listed under “enthusiast”, not quite full-on professional, but considering that photography is only a side gig that may make me $200 a year and earn a free dinner, I am just not ready to invest $5K+ into a pro body. I still love my D7100 and now I am better able to understand the benefits of a cropped sensor over full frame and vice versa. I better understand how same glass (lenses in photog. talk) performs differently on a different body. Anyways, I love them both, and they both have place in my gear bag! And I’ve been loving the build-in Wi Fi feature that allows me to pull pictures onto my phone straight from the camera body… If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen the pix I posted of Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State, and I did not even bring a computer. Now if only I had time and discipline to update my photography page…
My bonus favorite is this school mascot print I got Dmitry for his birthday. It took forever to come in and I was super excited to give it to him and let him know how proud I am of him… except he didn’t know what it was when he unwrapped it. So much for school pride! I had to teach him about his school! I intended for it to go in the office, but it seemed to fit our downstairs built-in shelved better, so that’s where the pitbull now sleeps.